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Did you know that bats live in Alaska? In fact we have 5 different species!
This natural gold nugget was found near Coldfoot, in the heart of Alaska, it reminded us of a pair of bat wings so we worked with our jeweler to come up with the cutest little bat you have ever seen. Perfect for halloween, this is a piece that Dracula would be proud to buy if he visited Alaska! When we are lucky enough to find an interesting shape like this, we like to design something very special.
This nugget is mounted in a custom frame made of 18k white and yellow gold with .82 carats total weight of natural full cut diamonds and 2 genuine rubies weighing 1/10 of a carat each. This piece measures about 1 inch tall and 1.5 inches across. The bail for the chain is hidden. It comes with an 18″ gold plated chain at no charge, if you need a chain, one of our 2-tone chains look great with this. Of course this pendant is one-of-a-kind.
On any given day, local gold miners will come into our shop throughout the year with the gold nuggets they mined that season. We look through their stash and choose the very best nuggets to make into pendants. These are natural pieces of “placer gold” which means they are mined from the rivers and streams around Alaska. Otherwise known as the “Klondike”. Finding gold nuggets in their natural state is very rare. In fact, gold nuggets make up only 2% of all gold that is found. These nuggets themselves will vary in purity from about 75% to 95% pure gold, or 18k-22k. Due to the fact that these pieces are completely natural, other minerals can sometimes be mixed in such as silver and platinum.
Most of the gold mined in the world is from “hard rock mining” where rock is crushed using big machines and small particles of gold are separated out. This is the most cost-efficient way to extract gold. The problem with this process is that it destroys these beautiful pieces of art. This means if stores like ours stop buying this type of gold, this art will eventually be forgotten.